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The net works! A recap of the Max Planck Schools Day 2020
The virtual Max Planck Schools Day on Friday, 11th September 2020 showcased the strength and scope of the Max Planck Schools’ network. more
Open Call for Applications: Fellows of the Max Planck Schools
The Max Planck Schools call on the most forward-thinking researchers in the respective disciplines "Cognition", "Matter to Life" and "Photonics" to apply as Fellows. For more information, please see the Open Call for Applications. more
This fall, the three Max Planck Schools - Cognition, Matter to Life, and Photonics - are looking foward to welcoming new students for the second time. We cordially invite you to attend the annual Max Planck Schools Day. We will celebrate the Max Planck Schools and their partners on September 11, 2020 from 2 p.m. (CEST) onwards. more
<span>Max Planck Schools Virtual Lecture Series</span>

Max Planck Schools Virtual Lecture Series

Meet our Fellows and expand your knowledge horizon in the "Lecture Series" of the three Max Planck Schools. You can register for the free virtual lectures on the respective event pages of the Max Planck School Matter to Life and the Max Planck School of Photonics.
<span>SynCell2020 Virtual Symposium</span>

SynCell2020 Virtual Symposium

MAY 26-28, 2020

A three-day virtual symposium on engineering synthetic cells and organelles hosted by the Max Planck School Matter to Life and the University of New Mexico. 
More details and registration on the conference website.
Feierliche Eröffnung der Max Planck Schools
The three pilot Schools officially welcome their first students at the Harnack House more
The first PhD students start at the Max Planck Schools
The selection and admission process for the first round of applications of the Max Planck Schools has been completed. The first doctoral students will begin their studies on September 1st, 2019. more
Cooperation agreements signed for Max Planck Schools
The agreements set out the legal basis for the collaboration during the pilot phase more
This is what fascinates Ferenc Krausz from the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics about his work more
Der Paparazzo der Elektronen
Ferenc Krausz from the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics in Munich is considered the founder of attosecond physics. His goal is to develop new laser techniques to track the movement of electrons in atoms, molecules and solids in real time and thus observe quantum mechanical processes directly. more
Lichtblicke in die Nanowelt
Optical microscopes cannot distinguish between objects that are closer together than about 200 nanometers – about one two hundredth of a hair's breadth. The reason for this is the wave nature of light, the half wavelength of which roughly corresponds to those 200 nanometers. The STED microscopy developed by Stefan Hell is the first optical microscope technology to go beyond this magic barrier, enabling researchers to gain fascinating insights into the nanoworld. more
Light connects
In this interview, Andreas Tünnermann, Spokesperson of the Max Planck School of Photonics, talks about the Schools’ curriculum, which focuses on excellent, research-oriented education and training and which consequently opens up perspectives for graduates in the fields of science and business. more
„Wir bieten eine extrem forschungsnahe Master- und PhD-Ausbildung“
The Max Planck School Matter to Life is open to graduates from the departments of Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology and Material Sciences. Anyone who has secured one of the 30 places available each year can advance their projects at one of Germany's 20 most famous laboratories. An interview with spokesman Joachim Spatz on the school's curriculum and research. more
„Eine gemeinsame Sprache sprechen“
The human cognitive and brain sciences, which are at the heart of the new Max Planck School of Cognition, bring together different disciplines such as psychology, physics, computer science, philosophy, biology and medicine. This makes it all the more important for doctoral students to become familiar with innovative methods and understand each other above and beyond the boundaries of their own discipline, says Arno Villringer, spokesperson of the novel, multidisciplinary graduate school. An interview about the curriculum, the supervision of the students, and exciting research projects. more
Concentrated excellence – first Max Planck Schools selected
Germany has gained a new graduate education brand with international appeal: in 2018, three selected Max Planck Schools will open for an initial five-year pilot phase, announced German Federal Minister of Education and Research Johanna Wanka, the President of the German Rectors' Conference Horst Hippler and the President of the Max Planck Society Martin Stratmann in September 2017. more
Thematically broader, larger scale and more high profile
The support framework for PhD students is being expanded with the introduction of Max Planck Schools as larger entities. Vice President Ferdi Schüth is driving the project forward. more
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